The council recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns and welcomes petitions from anyone who lives, works, or studies in Wiltshire or who uses the services provided by the council.

The council’s petitions scheme is set out in detail at Part 4A of the Constitution. If you have any queries regarding the scheme please contact

All petitions sent or presented to the council will receive an acknowledgement from the council within 2 working days of receipt, and a substantive response of how the council will respond to the petition within 15 working days of receipt. This response will set out what the council plan to do with the petition: our response to a petition will depend on what a petition asks for and how many people have signed it. The petition will also be published on our website

The council will treat something as a petition if it is identified as such, or if it seems that it is intended to be a petition.

If your issue relates to a highways issue in your community area it may be more appropriate to contact your local Community Area Transport Group by reporting your item through the Community Area Transport Group Issue Process.

Petitions in respect of non-determined planning or licensing applications will not be covered by the petitions scheme, and will be referred to the relevant service as formal representations. Petitions in respect of statutory petitions (such as requesting a referendum, or changing the council’s governance arrangements) or on matters with existing right of appeal such as council tax banding and non-domestic rates, are covered by other procedures.

Current petitions:

You can see online/Epetitions that have already been started on our website here.

The full record of recent petitions, including paper petitions, is available here.

What are the Guidelines for Submitting a Petition?

In order to be received all petitions must: 

What is expected of me if I have organised a petition?

If you have submitted a petition as its organiser you will be expected to be the point of contact with council officers. Your name, but no other details other than postcode, will be published.

If your petition is of sufficient size you will be asked to decide whether or not you wish to have the petition presented or debated, and for communicating as felt appropriate with any signatories.

You will also have the opportunity to address the council at committee meetings if your petition is of sufficient size.

You may nominate another person to undertake these actions if you wish.

Democratic Services will be available to provide advice and assistance on council procedures to any petition organiser.

How will the Council respond to Petitions?

The council’s response to a petition will depend on what a petition asks for and how many people have signed it, but may include one or more of the following:

If more than one petition is received on a similar subject matter the petitions may be considered by the Council as a single matter and taken together.

A petition will not normally be considered where it is received within 6 months of another petition being considered by the authority on the same matter.

If a petition is received immediately before an election or referendum we may need to deal with your petition differently, in which case you will be contacted to discuss the course of action.

Can I have my petition debated at Council meeting?

Yes, you can. If your petition has at least 5000 valid signatures you may request that Full Council debate your petition. You must request this debate at least 10 working days before a Full Council meeting (dates at this link). This is excluding the council’s budget meeting.

At the meeting you would be given up to five minutes to present your petition, and two other speakers could do so for three minutes each. The relevant Cabinet Member would then respond to the petition.

The Chairman would move a motion relating to the petition for Full Council to debate the matter for up to 30 minutes.

Please note that many decisions are the responsibility of the Cabinet and not Full Council. Therefore, in those instances you will be given the opportunity to present the petition to a Cabinet meeting, as they would be the decision makers.

If your petition is in relation to a local issue, you can also request that your petition be debated at the relevant Area Board. So long as you have ten signatures you can request of the chairman of that area board that the matter be debated. This would be granted at the discretion of the Chairman. If you have over 50 signatures, this would be an indication that the matter is of community interest and should be considered for debate.

The structure of a debate at the area board would be set by the chairman.

These are the only council meetings you may request a debate for your petition.

What action can I take if I feel my petition has not been dealt with properly?

If you feel that we have not dealt with your petition properly, the petition organiser should submit a complaint to the council Complaints Service. Any complaint should be made within twenty working days from the council response to your petition.

It is important to emphasise here that the review process is concerned with whether the steps taken by the council in response to the petition were adequate – it is not about whether the decision in responding to the petition was correct.

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